Hospital volume and mortality for 25 types of inpatient treatment in German hospitals

Ulrike Nimptsch & Thomas Mansky
Objectives To explore the existence and strength of a relationship between hospital volume and mortality, to estimate minimum volume thresholds and to assess the potential benefit of centralisation of services. Design Observational population-based study using complete German hospital discharge data (Diagnosis-Related Group Statistics (DRG Statistics)). Setting All acute care hospitals in Germany. Participants All adult patients hospitalised for 1 out of 25 common or medically important types of inpatient treatment from 2009 to 2014. Main...
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